New Jersey Yields; Decides to Obey Law

On July 10, 2003, U.S. District Court Judge Stanley E. Chesler signed a Consent Decree barring the State of New Jersey from any use, in State-funded contracting, of the State’s set-aside program for minority and women-owned businesses. The Consent Decree concluded a lawsuit brought by AFL’s client, GEOD Corporation, in June, 2001 alleging that the program was unconstitutional, a position with which New Jersey’s Attorney General agreed in entering into the Consent Decree, saying, "As structured, this set-aside program could not survive constitutional scrutiny". That’s precisely what GEOD and the Atlantic Legal Foundation have been saying for the past two years.